Metaphors And Collaboration? What’s The Link?

My newly-launched Collaboration Dynamics podcast has a slightly unusual format. Each week, I interview someone who’s been involved in collaboration. So far, so standard. But here’s the surprising bit – I invite them to talk about their metaphor for collaboration. What emerges is a vivid description of their unique way of doing what they do. And…

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Leading Creative Collaboration: Three Key Skills (And Where I Fail)

What are the three key skills that enable groups to collaborate? What capabilities make it possible for “collective genius” to emerge from a successful innovation process? According to Prof Linda Hill of Harvard University, the key skills are: Inquiry Listening Advocacy. In her TED talk (below) she says: “Individuals in innovative organizations learn how to…

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Why Effective Collaboration Takes Longer Than You Think

I’m excited to announce that today, my shiny new Collaboration Dynamics podcast went live on iTunes. Check it out – if you’re curious about how people really think about working with other people, you’ll find it interesting. I hoped it would launch on Friday – and it’s now Wednesday. Hosftadter’s Law strikes again. “Everything takes longer than you…

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How To Ask For Help

What are you like about asking for help? I hate it! Not all “asking for help”, of course. I don’t mind asking someone to lift the other end of a table, for example. But asking for real help, with stuff that matters? Just the thought of it brings a massive wave of emotion up through…

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Instant Change With Clean Language

How fast does change need to happen to qualify as “instant”? It’s an important question, particularly for agents of change and their clients. An “instant weight loss solution”, for example, could be very inconvenient. What if your trousers fell down before you had time to tighten your belt? And yet nobody would expect an “instant…

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